© Antonis Achilleos
Tasting 30 or 40 wines in the course of an afternoon is no big deal for me anymore, but when faced with tasting 50 gins (for “An American Gin Renaissance” in the November issue), I had to take my time. I found that at most, I could taste about six different gins in one sitting—the alcohol was too strong, the juniper too palate-walloping.
Beyond quantity limitations, tasting spirits requires quite a different approach from tasting wine.
Here are a few tips that will prevent you from 1) burning your nose hairs; 2) suffering from palate fatigue; and 3) winding up too sleepy or loopy to return to your desk.